Posted October 05, 2012 on
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Minus his old signature toothpick, Cincinnati's Dusty Baker leaned against the batting cage intently watching his players just as he did for a decade managing the Giants.
Baker is back in the Bay Area for the playoffs, 10 years after he came so close to winning a World Series with San Francisco.
''Well, I really don't have much choice,'' Baker said when asked if it's a strange coincidence. ''I feel comfortable here. I think my team likes coming here. This is a good town.''
Sometimes Baker still feels the sting of that World Series near-miss, even now, two managerial stops removed from his first career gig as a skipper in the place he has long called home.
On Saturday, he figures to be cheered by 40,000-plus fans at AT&T Park who still love him - ''some of `em,'' he quipped - when the NL Central champion Reds open their best-of-five division series against the Giants, who like Cincinnati clinched early and had plenty...
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After initially announcing that the playoff roster would be set on Friday, the Cincinnati Reds changed their mind and didn’t announce it until a few hours before tonight’s game.
The players who didn’t make it aren’t a surprise. Devin Mesoraco, Mike Leake, and Logan Ondrusek were all left off.
You have to give credit to Dusty Baker and the Reds for not panicking when Johnny Cueto came up lame. The way the situation was handled, and the way the pitching staff performed was a real credit to the Reds. The Giants, meanwhile, sure put themselves in a hole when their most reliable ace could not hold the Reds down in his own ballpark. For them, it won't get any easier from...
From the Reds...
P&G has committed $2,000,000 to the Cincinnati Reds and the Reds Community Fund’s “Urban Youth Academy.”
The Reds Urban Youth Academy will be a baseball and softball training facility at Roselawn Park in Cincinnati that provides free, year-round instruction for boys and girls ages 6-18 from Greater Cincinnati and throughout Reds Country.
The road to the World Series starts tonight for the Reds as they take on the Giants in San Francisco in game one of the National League Division Series. The game starts at 9:37pm EST and features both teams' aces matching up against each other on the mound in Johnny Cueto and Matt Cain. Obviously the Reds will have to get past the Giants in order to win the World Series,...
The Redlegs hope to take a 2-0 series lead back to Cincinnati by securing another victory tonight. Here's the lineup with which Dusty Baker is sending out there in an effort to do so:
2B Brandon Phillips
SS Zack Cozart
1B Joey Votto
LF Ryan Ludwick
RF Jay Bruce
3B Scott Rolen
C Ryan Hanigan
CF Drew Stubbs
SP Bronson Arroyo
That’s definitely Pete Rose in the Mandalay Bay sportsbook last week. The bigger issue here is if that’s a Cincinnati Reds game on the big screen. What other teams have a red hat with black bill? Another tidbit of interest is that this photo was uploaded September 28, which happens to be the night Homer Bailey threw the first Reds no-hitter since Tom Browning’s perfect game...
FOX Sports Ohio will present a one-hour Reds Live postgame show, presented by Leinenkugel Oktoberfest, immediately following Cincinnati Reds playoff games. Reds Live is scheduled to air following NLDS games on Saturday, Oct. 6th, Sunday, Oct. 7th, and Tuesday, Oct. 9th, as well as Wednesday, Oct. 10th and Thursday, Oct. 11th should the series go all five games. Please visit www.reds...
The Cincinnati Reds were dealt a tough blow to start their playoff run last night. After recording one out, Johnny Cueto had to be removed from the game after experiencing back spasms. After throwing two pitches to the second batter of the game, Marco Scutaro, Dusty Baker and the Reds' trainer jogged out to the mound to check on Cueto. After a few moments, he was lifted...
Eventually, you’re all going to get sick of me talking about how everything that’s going on now is for all intents and purposes unpredictable. Hopefully you aren’t sick of it yet, because Game 1 of the NLDS between the Reds and the Giants went to show why playoff predictions are a complete waste of time. Allow me to review the action:(1)Ace Cincinnati starter Johnny Cueto had...
This is absolutely not the news that the Cincinnati Reds wanted. Ace Johnny Cueto left game one of the Reds NLDS matchup with the Giants in the first inning after just eight pitches with back spasms.
Cueto was immediately replaced in the game by Sam LeCure, and LeCure was replaced after the second inning by Mat Latos, who is scheduled to start game three of the series for the...
A series this important and monumental for my favorite professional sports franchise leaves me struggling to find the words on the eve of it’s beginning.
There isn’t enough I can say about the 2012 Cincinnati Reds or the special place that they hold in my heart. When this season began, I had a vision that this team’s destiny ended up somewhere in the NLCS. I didn’t know...
I was talking with Mrs. Diamond Hoggers tonight. We were talking about the impending baseball playoffs and the stress I’m feeling about the Reds. She mentioned that as long as her Yankees make the World Series she’ll be happy. And then she quickly had a turn of face.
Like I pointed out in jingoistic fashion, this is really her team. Even if she doesn’t know it. How could...
Another year, another set of baseball playoffs without the Pirates. My own personal rooting interests in 2012 are, in order:
Reds (I don't care what you say about Brandon Phillips, I like the Reds; I say the Reds being good is proof the Pirates can do it)
Giants (why do my four favorite playoff teams play each other in the division...
With all of the weirdness and excitement that's surrounded the end of the regular season and the new wild card play-in game, seeing the Reds and Giants play in the National League Division Series is something that would've surprised pretty much no baseball fan anywhere back in March. That being said, this matchup isn't quite what we all might've suspected in March...
After missing last year the welcome pangs of nervousness have come back with the Giants back in the playoffs.
In the National League Division series the Giants face the NL Central Champion Reds. The Reds are a very good team and this series shouldn't be easy for either team.
Here is the statistical breakdown for each team:
AVG OBP SLG wOBA...